Do you always use Twitter? If yes, your account may be compromised now. Worse, they might get a hold of your personal direct messages.
On July 22, Wednesday, an updated statement was released by Twitter saying that hackers opened direct messages or DMs of 36 out of the 130 accounts that were compromised in the massive Twitter hack, happened on July 16.
Who were the victims of the Twitter hack?
The so-called ‘massive Twitter hack’ was made by unknown and ‘coordinated’ hackers, according to the social media platform. Shockingly, these accounts are not just ordinary mongers in the app, several personalities from Hollywood, technology, and politics were victimized by the said hacking.
Names like billionaire Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates were involved. Even companies like Apple and Uber were part of the hacking. Hackers also opened accounts of Hollywood personalities such as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Interestingly, Presidential nominee Joe Biden and even former United States President Barack Obama were not exempted from the powers of hackers.
The hack is simple: the already-compromised accounts posted bitcoin claims. Followers of the famous personalities were tasked to message with their bitcoin addresses– either for COVID-19 donation or for promised investment.
They were told that once they send their details, the bitcoin amount will increase to double. Since they came from tech experts’ official Twitter accounts, most followers believe it was true. What they didn’t know was that all the accounts were hacked.
DMs were also compromised
A new update on the investigation was released by Twitter confirming that hackers did not just post bitcoin claims on their pages. Hackers were able to open DMs of 36 out of the 130 accounts. It’s quite expected since there are no encryption codes to protect these types of sensitive information.
Here’s another interesting part. There might be cases that few of the popular personalities that were hacked belonged to the 36 accounts with revealed DMs.
Twitter already announced that one of the elected government officials in the Netherlands was one of the 36 victims. The company did not detailed who was this person, or who were the other 35 accounts.
“We believe that for up to 36 of the 130 targeted accounts, the attackers accessed the DM inbox, including 1 elected official in the Netherlands. To date, we have no indication that any other former or current elected official had their DMs accessed,” said Twitter.
To summarize the twitter hack, a total of “30 total accounts were targeted by attackers, 45 accounts had Tweets sent by attackers, 36 accounts had the DM inbox accessed, and eight accounts had an archive of “Your Twitter Data” downloaded, but none of these are verified yet.”‘
Who to blame
As of now, the investigation of the incident is not yet done. What we know is that Twitter already messaged all the parties of names involved in the hacking.
There was a statement from Twitter saying that one of their employees was paid by the hackers to access the internal tool of the software. It was not said whether the employee belongs to a certain department or if it had a higher position in the company.